Ontario’s Most Northerly Community, Fort Severn2,990 kilometers travelled, 40+ round trip hours in transit, 0 inbound roads, 400 lbs of hockey equipment transported, -47 degrees C braved = 1 week of memorable impact in Ontario’s most Northerly community.
On February 9th, as part of the MLSE Foundation’s partnership with the Right to Play PLAY Program, members of our Leafs Hockey Development team started out to the tiny region of Fort Severn, Ontario (with a population of under 400 people located just a few kms south of Hudson’s Bay) to run a week of hockey activities as part of their Hockey for Development program.
The team ran three days of programming for the youth in the town including learn to skate lessons, Hockey 101 talks, floor hockey tournaments and on-ice hockey clinics. With sustainable outcomes in mind, youth activities were also complemented by Hockey Canada who ran coach training certification for local young adults in an effort to encourage the community to continue offering on-going hockey programs for the youth on a longer term basis.
Overall a memorable experience to say the least for both our Hockey Development team as well as the community!
Leafs Spirit Spreading over 400 KM #SEAofBLUE
This holiday season, the Toronto Maple Leafs Community & Sports Partnerships team took to the road, travelling over 400 km from Air Canada Centre to Detroit, to take part in Winter Festival and Winter Classic festivities.
The theme of the week, celebrating the past, present and future of the Toronto Maple Leafs, both on and off the ice.
On Wednesday December 30th outdoor rink at Comerica Park winning in a shootout by a score of 4-3.
The focus the following day, celebrating the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs as Comerica once again played host, this time to two outdoor Alumni Showdown games between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.
The beginning of 2014 brought about another road trip and another shootout win as the Leafs Mobile Fan Zone led the way for fans from Detroit to Ann Arbour for what was the largest outdoor game in NHL history.
Women's Hockey Takes over ACC
On November 13th, 2012 the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they would be partnering with the Toronto Furies of the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) to support women's hockey. Along with this, it was also announced that Air Canada Centre would play host to Toronto Furies as they took on Team Alberta.
On Saturday November 17th, 2012, history was made as Air Canada Centre opened its doors to host the first ever CWHL game in a professional sports arena.
As over 5,000 fans filtered into the building, the evening kicked off with a pre-game autograph session by Leafs' Alumni Wendel Clark, Gary Leeman and Johnny Bower and former standout women's hockey Olympian Jennifer Botterill and Hockey Hall of Famer Angela James, who also took part in the ceremonial puck drop.
At the end of three periods the final score was Furies 3 – Alberta 0. A big thank you to all fans that were in attendance to support!
For more information on the CWHL and Toronto Furies be sure to visit www.toronto.cwhl.ca.
Hitting the Road
In October, the Leafs Hockey Development team hit the road for a three-day trip to the Stirling-Rawdon community, winners of Kraft Hockeyville 2012.
From dressing room tours in the Mobile Fan Zone and youth skills clinics, to autograph signings, hospital visits and an Alumni game, fans were out in full force taking in the special Leafs activities and events happening daily.
We arrived in Stirling prepared to share the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey experience with a small community of 1,900 people, but left being reminded that hockey is more than a game played on ice, it is a sport that unites friends, families and communities.